UAE to “further engage with British expertise”

abudhabi-transportAbu Dhabi’s Department of transport concluded a deal with United Kingdom’s Department for Transport in a bid to facilitate cooperation between them in the field of transportation, with both parties eying future cooperation in areas such as the exchange of information and experience, mass urban transit planning, design, construction and maintenance standards.
The agreement is geared towards developing and intensifying mutual cooperation in the field of transport, including road safety, parking and freight, is seen as a step towards encouraging business-to-business engagement between the two countries, with the objective of promoting trade and growth between them. The deal was agreed upon last week after a delegation from Abu Dhabi visited the United Kingdom on a fact-finding mission. UK’s minister of state for transport, Simon Burns, said it “will improve the transport networks and prosperity of both countries.” He added that it would strengthen ties between them.
Abdulla Rashed Al Otaiba, The chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport, appreciated the transportation system in the United Kingdom and believes that it is “an opportunity” for them to “further engage with British expertise.”  Chairman Al Otaiba thinks that the United Kingdom can offer what it wants in terms of “high design standards and developments in transportation safety and research.” He considers these to be the principal objectives of Abu Dhabi’s transport system.
The United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates have been developing close ties in recent years and at the beginning of last month, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed was on a two-day state visit to the kingdom after accepting an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II.

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